What Is Gout?
About 8.3 million people in the United States suffer from gout, which is a painful type of inflammatory arthritis.
Gout is a chronic condition that doesn't usually go away on its own, but it can be managed with a proper treatment plan.
These are some of the signs and symptoms that a doctor will look for to see if what you have is gout:
- Sudden, extreme, arthritis-like joint pain
- Severe swelling, tenderness, redness, and warmth
- Pain in a single joint, most often in the big toe
- Pain that starts at night or in the early morning
- A first gout flare between ages 40 and 60 in men, or after age 60 in women
- Less often, pain in the instep, ankle, heel, knee, wrist, finger, or elbow
When people have chronic gout (gout that goes on for a long time or keeps coming back), there may be several joints involved.
There may also be symptoms showing up between attacks and lumps of uric acid crystals under the skin around affected joints.
COLCRYS (colchicine, USP) does not treat high uric acid levels (the cause of gout), and has not been shown to prevent joint deformities and tissue destruction.
Understanding the causes of gout
For many people, gout means one thing: PAIN. Some people with gout describe the pain of an attack as so excruciating that they cringe at the thought of putting
a sheet over their foot at night, never mind putting on their shoes and walking around during the day. But many people don't know what actually causes gout pain
in the first place.
Gout is caused by a buildup of uric acid. This uric acid buildup is also known as hyperuricemia (HI-per-yu-ri-SEEM-ee-uh), the medical name for high uric acid in
your blood. If you have gout, high uric acid can form crystals in your joints. When that happens, it can lead to inflammation that causes extremely painful and
possibly repeated gout attacks.
Gout may cause repeated flares
If you have repeat gout flares, your doctor may also advise lifestyle changes with medicine to reduce your uric acid levels. If your doctor does prescribe a medicine
to lower your uric acid levels, ask about taking COLCRYS along with it.
COLCRYS does not treat high uric acid levels (the cause of gout), and has not been shown to prevent joint deformities and tissue destruction.
For more information on how COLCRYS can help reduce gout pain and prevent painful flares, see Why Take COLCRYS?.